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Glen march on towards a historic trio of titles

By John Campbell

Glen minor footballers are on the cusp of a history-making three-in-a-row of Ulster minor club football titles after a comprehensive semi-final win over Tyrone champions Ardboe at St Paul's, Belfast yesterday.

The Derry side await the winners of the St Stephen's Day showdown between Monaghan champions Carrickmacross and Silverbridge after the Armagh men's extra-time win over Ramor United on Saturday.

It took a penalty in extra time to seal the deal for Silverbridge after the sides had finished at 2-6 apiece after 60 minutes. In testing conditions, the sides served up an entertaining clash. Ramor looked the more impressive in the opening 20 minutes but Jarlath Og Burns' goal edged the eventual winners into a 1-1 to 0-3 lead.

Cathal Maguire's penalty handed the advantage to the Cavan men once again and they looked in a good position when James Brady gave them a 2-6 to 1-5 lead with eight minutes on the clock.

An Eoin Burns goal helped Silverbridge close the gap and force extra-time, however Ramor again took the initiative, racing into a 2-9 to 2-6 lead. Eoin Burns converted a penalty to level before the impressive Paddy Reel slotted over.

In the first of the semi-finals, Glen were impressive against Ardboe, sealing a 3-13 to 0-9 win with an excellent team performance that keeps the side on track for their third title on the trot.

The reigning champions led from trap to line with Danny Tallon opening the scoring for the Derry men. It took 11 minutes for Glen to raise the first green flag with Tallon palming home, and five scores helped the winners to a 1-9 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Tiarnan Flanagan bagged Glen's second goal after the restart which virtually sealed the victory and when Connor Convery goaled on 41 minutes, it was game over.

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